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                                          Book of the Week


Speak The Truth, Laughing

by Rose Zwi



2002 Shortlisted, Steele Rudd Award

Rose Zwi’s stories embrace people from different countries and cultures drawn together by a common humanity. Her characters range from a political activist who is house-arrested, to the child of immigrant parents caught between two cultures; from a city-educated woman returning to the arid homeland of her tribal grandfather, to a Rabbi and his wife in an East European shtetl; from a solitary dingo in a small Australian town, pursued to its inevitable end to a farmer obsessed with returning his land to its natural state. Rose Zwi enchants the reader in her struggle to arrive at the truth of a situation. With a delicate but ironic touch, leavened with gentle humour, the award-winning author of Another Year in Africa, Safe Houses and Last Walk in Naryshkin Park opens our eyes to the world around us and captures our hearts. The title comes from Horace's Satires:
"Furthermore, that I may not run over this matter with a laugh in the manner of those who rattle off jokes – and yet what is to prevent one from telling the truth with laughter, as coaxing teachers sometimes give their pupils cookies to make them willing to learn their ABCs."


Rose Zwi was born in Mexico, lived in London and Israel, but spent most of her life in South Africa. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1967 with an honours degree in English Literature. For several years she worked as a literary editor at Ravan Press in Johannesburg, and was an active member of Black Sash, a civil rights organisation, until she immigrated to Australia in 1988.

Rose has won several prizes for her work, including the 1994 Human Rights Award for her novel Safe Houses, and the Olive Schreiner Award for Another Year in Africa. Last Walk in Naryshkin Park was short-listed for the NSW Premier's History Award, and Speak the Truth, Laughing was short-listed for the Steele Rudd Award for the best book of short stories for 2003.



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